We certainly enjoyed the beaches of Phuket. Chiang Mai is Northern Thailand so there’s no ocean to be enjoyed there. Our hotel was about 1 mile down the beach from where the race and race festivities were held. That made for about a dozen walks along the beach – complete with a sand slide, rope swing, dips in the ocean (sans diaper!), a friendly run-in with an elephant (of course), and a quaint little dinner the night before we left.